ILGWU. Operations Department. Collective Bargaining Agreements

Collection Number: 5780/202

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Operations Department. Collective Bargaining Agreements, 1988-1995
Collection Number:
5780/202
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection includes records from both the Research Department and the Operations Department. Arranged alphabetically by company, these records consist of collective bargaining agreements negotiated by local unions of the ILGWU and various companies.
Language:
Collection material in English


ILGWU ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Founded in 1900 by local union delegates representing about 2,000 members in cities in the northeastern United States, the ILGWU grew in geographical scope, membership size, political influence to become one of the most powerful forces in American organized labor by mid-century. Representing workers in the women's garment industry, the ILGWU worked to improve working and living conditions of its members through collective bargaining agreements, training programs, health care facilities, cooperative housing, educational opportunities, and other efforts. In 1995, the ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE).

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Little documentation exists in the ILGWU records about the work of the Operations Department in the union's international offices, and the materials that comprise the Operations Department records do not explicitly show that they were created by the department per se. While typically an operations department is known to deal with the everyday business of an organization and to have responsibility for the organization's facilities, the records suggest that the department either complemented the work of the Research Department, the Master Agreements Department, and the former Management Engineering Department, or maintained records useful to those departments.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Operations Department records consist of materials relating to the ILGWU's efforts to maintain a ban on industrial homework, manuals for operations standards in the manufacturing of women's blouses and women's skirts, and collective bargaining agreements. The records relating to homework and operations standards date from the 1980s, and the collective bargaining agreements are from the years just before the ILGWU merged with ACTWU in 1995.
Researchers interested in ILGWU statements on homework and related issues should consult the Research Department records, 5780/209. Likewise, researchers looking for additional collective bargaining agreements should consult collections in Series VI, Contracts and Case Files (5780/075, 5780/075 mf, 5780/145, 5780/146, 5780/147, 5780/158, 5780/191). These records, and others throughout the ILGWU records, complement the records of the Operations Department.
This collection includes the collective bargaining agreements negotiated by local unions of the ILGWU and various companies.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Accurate Lace Dye Experts, Inc. -- Archives
Ajax Shoulder Pad Company, Inc. --Archives
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union --Archives
American White Cross, Inc. --Archives
Bari Manufacturing Corporation --Archives
Biener and Son, Inc. --Archives
Brooks Brothers (Firm) --Archives
Buster Brown Apparel, Inc. --Archives
California Ranchwear --Archives
Chase Packaging Corporation --Archives
Cleve-Tenn Industries, Inc. --Archives
Cliftex Corporation/Cutting Room --Archives
College House Manufacturing --Archives
Columbia Wool Scouring Mills --Archives
Cone Mills Corporation --Archives
Cooper Sportswear Manufacturing Company, Inc. --Archives
Country Miss, Inc. --Archives
Crown Yarn Dye Company, Inc. --Archives
Hallmark Emblems, Inc. --Archives
Harris-Tipograph, Inc. --Archives
Ideal Shoulder Pad Company --Archives
Imperial Coat Front Company, Inc. --Archives
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union --Archives
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Operations Department.
Interstate Dyeing and Finishing Company --Archives
Kellwood Company --Archives
Lee County Manufacturing --Archives
Lehigh Valley Throwing Mills, Inc. --Archives
Levi Strauss and Company --Archives
Lilly Industrial Coatings --Archives
Meren Industries, Inc. --Archives
Mespo Umbrella Ltd. --Archives
Midlantic/New York Pad --Archives
Miller Brothers, Inc. --Archives
Missbrenner Prints, Inc. --Archives
Moderne Gloves, Inc. --Archives
Monroe Prints, Inc. --Archives
Montreal Fast Print, Ltd. --Archives
National Knitted Processors, Inc. --Archives
Oneita Industries, Inc. --Archives
Peerless Rug Ltd. --Archives
Perennial Print Corporation --Archives
Perfection Pad Company, Inc. --Archives
Poughkeepsie Finishing Corporation --Archives
Rainbow Dyeing and Finishing Company --Archives
River Warping, Inc. --Archives
Schertz Umbrellas, Inc. --Archives
Sierra Plastics, Inc. --Archives
Societe de la Broderie --Archives
Tavernon Photo Engraving Company --Archives
Techniplast, Inc. --Archives
Texas Apparel -- Archives
Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees --Archives.
UNITE HERE (Organization) --Archives
United Global Distributors, Inc. --Archives
Warwick Dying Corporation --Archives
Wimpfheimer A. and Brothers, Inc. --Archives
Windsor Textile Processing, Inc. --Archives

Subjects:
Collective bargaining--Clothing industry--New York (State)--New York
Collective bargaining--Textile industry--New York (State)--New York
Textile workers--Labor unions--New York (State)--New York
Clothing workers--Labor unions--New York (State)--New York

Form and Genre Terms:
Records.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
ILGWU. Operations Department. Collective Bargaining Agreements #5780/202. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/196: ILGWU. Operations Department. Industrial Homework records
5780/202 PUBS: ILGWU. Operations Department. Operations standards manuals

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1991-1994
Union City, New Jersey
Box 1 Folder 2 1990-1996
NY, NY
Box 1 Folder 3 1994-1997
Hoboken, NJ
Box 1 Folder 4 1994-1997
Boston, MA
Box 1 Folder 5 1994-1997
Bston, MA
Box 1 Folder 6 1991-1994
Lansford, PA
Box 1 Folder 7 1992-1994
Lake Bluff, IL
Box 1 Folder 8 1993-1998
Montreal, QU
Box 1 Folder 9 1994-1996
Toronto, ON
Box 1 Folder 10 1991-1994
Tucson, AZ
Box 1 Folder 11 1994-1997
Pompano Beach, FL
Box 1 Folder 12 1988-1994
Box 1 Folder 13 1994-1997
Newark, NJ
Box 1 Folder 14 1994-1997
Milwaukee, WI
Box 1 Folder 15 1995-1966
Kulpmont, PA
Box 1 Folder 16 1993-1996
Bethlehem, PA
Box 2 Folder 1 1993-1995
Napa, CA
Box 2 Folder 2 1989-1992
Price, UT
Box 2 Folder 3 1993-1996
Box 2 Folder 4 1994-1997
Dayton, NJ
Box 2 Folder 5 1995-1996
Montreal, QU
Box 2 Folder 6 1994-1996
Lawrence, MA
Box 2 Folder 7 1993-1998
Montreal, QU
Box 2 Folder 8 1993-1996
W. Hazleton
Box 2 Folder 9 1994-1997
West Union, WV
Box 2 Folder 10 1993-1995
Montreal, QU
Box 2 Folder 11 1993-1996
Montreal, QU
Box 2 Folder 12 1995-1998
Seneca Falls, NY
Box 2 Folder 13 1994-1997
Evansville, IN
Box 2 Folder 14 1995-1996
Downsview, ON
Box 2 Folder 15 1991-1994
New York, NY
Box 2 Folder 16 1992-1995
Chicago, IL